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Vol. 5 No. 4 June 2006

Snapshot: What sort of SAN will you buy?

VENDORS TELL US that 4Gb/sec Fibre Channel (FC) is here, and Storage readers seem to believe them. Of the 70% of readers who say they'll buy a SAN array this year, a respectable 29% will buy it with a 4Gb/sec interface. And they're not just buying 4Gb FC because they can (or have to): Sixty-eight percent claim they need the extra performance 4Gb/sec FC will provide. Readers are similarly upbeat about buying 4Gb/sec FC disk drives in the coming year. Twenty-seven percent expect to buy 4Gb/sec FC drives for their next array vs. 54% who will opt for 2Gb/sec FC. Perhaps more significant, however, is the number of readers (49%) who will stock their arrays with SATA drives. Add to that the 15% who will buy low-cost FC drives, and you have a sizeable majority of storage administrators who are using their SANs for low-performance apps. In the fabric, the trend toward 4Gb FC is even more pronounced. Of those readers who plan to buy a new switch or director, 57% say they'll forego 2Gb FC and move to 4Gb. --Alex Barrett

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Features in this issue

  • Deduplication extends to archives

  • Lock up data with fixed-content storage

    For most companies, fixed-content storage requirements are simple: Store the data securely, do it cheaply and provide fast access. With more data subject to external and internal audits, content-addressed storage products are becoming the preferred storage medium for long-term protection of fixed content.

  • Storage growth drives buying plans

    The results from our exclusive semi-annual Purchasing Intentions Survey are in. Storage growth is a key concern for storage managers, as additional capacity has a ripple effect that touches many other components in the storage environment.

  • Is encryption enough?

    Encrypting data at rest is definitely a reliable security measure, but it should be considered only one component of an effective storage security plan.

Columns in this issue

  • Time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection

    Storage Bin: The concept of "That's the way we've always done it" isn't going to work anymore, and it sure won't help you build an efficient disaster recovery plan. It's time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection.

  • The rise of the ultra-dense array

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Disk drives are getting smaller and smaller even as their capacities rise. Now storage vendors are packing more disks than ever into smaller spaces, which saves costly data center real estate. But the denser arrays also have a downside--higher power consumption and more heat.

  • A look at data classification products for e-discovery

    New technology products that look inside data can help you classify and manage that data more effectively. But these tools can also be leveraged for e-discovery, allowing specific data to be found and acted upon quickly to satisfy legal requirements.